Meet up with old friends, or a new Valentine, Handlebar's 10 year anniversary… (Barry Brecheisen/for RedEye )
Hearts and Arts
Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 E. Randolph Drive 312-334-7777
Celebrate Valentine's Day—or not—at Eat to the Beat, where you can grab lunch from the Babycakes, Tamale Spaceship and Bombay Wraps food trucks for Danceworks Chicago's performances of Jay Franke's "I Do, I Do Again, I Still Do," Harrison McEldowney's "Call the Whole Thing Off" and repertory works. Noon. $5. Tickets: harristheaterchicago.org.
Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave. 773-276-3600
Wicker Park eatery Handlebar celebrates its 10th anniversary with a live music show featuring its employees—Pink Frost (formerly Apteka), The Runnies, Touched by Ghoul, Melina Ausikaitis and Old Black & Blue Eyes, plus DJ beats by Gel Set. Drink specials include Revolution Brewing's Zanate molé stout ($5.50) and a $6 Old Style with a shot of Jim Beam Black bourbon. 8 p.m. $8; free with RSVP before 5 p.m.: emptybottle.com.
Rebel Bar & Grill 3462 N. Clark St. 773-975-2010
Take a chance on romance at Nerds at Heart's sixth annual Love Fest, where you can meet other smart singles over $6-$7 libations such as the Singleness Displacement, the Combustion Crush and the Hydrolysis of Love. Get to know each other over games, trivia and geeky icebreaker activities with themed prizes. 7-10 p.m. $30. RSVP required: nerdsatheart.com.
Sex It Up
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave. 773-929-1322
Burlesque artist Michelle L'amour takes the stage for her 10th anniversary Valentine's-themed Big Sexy Show which also features the Chicago Starlets, New York performer Mr. Gorgeous, Burlesque Duo champions Frenchie Kiss and Jett Adore and magician The Amazing Tomas. Chicago comedian Cameron Esposito hosts. 8 p.m. $30. Tickets: michellelamour.com.
Laugh It Off
Zanies 1548 N. Wells St. 312-337-4027
"Chelsea Lately" writer, producer and performer Heather McDonald—who's also a writer for Us Weekly's "Fashion Police"—takes the stage to perk up your night with a stand-up set. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $25 plus a two-drink minimum. Tickets: chicago.zanies.com.
REDEYE TIP OF THE DAY
For last-minute ideas, check our Valentine's Day dinner guide on chicago.metromix.com.
Julia Borcherts is a RedEye special contributor.